Remarks of President of the Republic of Indonesia at the 88th National Broadcasting Day Celebration, Thursday, 1 April 2021 from Merdeka Palace, DKI Jakarta Province
Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
May Peace Be Upon Us All,
Greetings of Virtue.
Honorable Ministers of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet;
Honorable Chief of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI);
Honorable Governor of Central Java Province, Mayor of Surakarta City, and all television and radio broadcasting agencies as well as Regional Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPID) all over Indonesia;
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We are currently in an era of information abundance. Everyone can quickly find information. Everyone can easily produce information. And everyone can immediately spread information. Consequently, abundance of information and information disclosure have become a necessity. Information overload is a challenge that we have to manage.
Public demands that require information disclosure and information speed are an important aspect we also have to manage. It is a challenge for the Government, broadcasting agencies, the media, and other stakeholders to fulfill public demands.
We can truly realize the importance of information disclosure, speed, and accuracy during the handling of current COVID-19 pandemic. Information disclosure is one of important factors in tackling the pandemic.
Alhamdulillah, with disclosure, transparency, accountability, responsibility of information and cooperation between all various parties, we can immediately improve the situation to in order to become more favorable and measurable. The Government can also immediately implement appropriate policies. With good information, the public can also understand and tackle this pandemic.
Information disclosure has accelerated pandemic handling and our economic recovery. Therefore, let me express my gratitude to the board of KPI, the Government and broadcasting agencies, both in the Central Government level and in the regional government level, for their excellent cooperation on spreading accurate and actual information about pandemic handling since the beginning of this pandemic in Indonesia through education of discipline to observe health protocols, spreading information about various economic recovery policies, and also reporting mass vaccinations to everyone in Indonesia.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to remind you that the challenges of information management will be even greater in years to come. Digitalization of information will facilitate public access to information so that the balanced monitoring from the KPI is required. Together, we have to ensure that the public can get accurate, qualified, and educative information in order to boost information literacy and to develop new creative channels for the public so that they are interested in obtaining good and accurate information.
Together, we must also share the spirit to make the Indonesian broadcasting sector better in various aspects, including the aspect of broadcasting content and the industry aspect so that our broadcasting sector can continue to grow. The public must be more intelligent and critical in sorting out and addressing the information. Both the regulator and the supervisor must also be stronger in performing their tasks and functions.
With sustainable improvement and structuring of the broadcasting media ecosystem, I believe that the Indonesian broadcasting industry will be more robust, more resilient and in greater demand by the public with quality, intelligent appearance and content.
That concludes my speech. Happy 88th National Broadcasting Day!
I thank you.
Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,
Om Santi Santi Santi Om,
Namo Buddhaya. (AP/MEP)